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Jeremiah 38:17-20 Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel; If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the king of Babylon’s princes, then thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt live, and thine house: 18 But if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon’s princes, then shall this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand….Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the Lord, which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live.

The right thing may be the hardest thing to do but do it anyway. In Jeremiah 38, after King Zedekiah consulted the prophet Jeremiah as to what is the word of the Lord concerning the people of Judah and Jerusalem, he was presented with two options. The first option, which was God’s instruction to them, was that they should surrender and go out to Nebuchadnezzar, the King of Babylon. If they choose this option, the word of the Lord is that his life and that of his house would be spared and the city would not be burnt down. The alternative option was that they refuse to go out and the city would be captured and burnt, and lives lost in the process. It was obvious what was the right thing for Zedekiah to do but he refused to do it because he feared that his own people would mock him and that the King of Babylon would give him over to the Jews for them to do with him as they please. Fear prevented Zedekiah from doing the right thing: It takes courage to do the right thing.

While it takes courage to do the right thing, we should never forget that doing the wrong thing will always prove to be more costly. The point is that by doing the wrong thing it will always leave us in a worse position. Because King Zedekiah did not do what God told him to do, three things happened that could have been avoided. His sons were slaughtered before his eyes; that must have been heart wrenching.  Second, his two eyes were plucked out: he was made permanently blind. Third, the city was burnt, and the walls of Jerusalem were broken down. All of this happened because the king did not have the courage to do the right thing. What is the difficult decision that you must make? Choose to do the right thing, doing what the word of the Lord says will always produce the best outcome.

Life Application: Regardless of how difficult it might seem, do the right thing by aligning your decision to the word of God.

Prayer: Lord, I choose to do the right thing even when it is difficult to do so. Keep me grounded in your word and presence so I won’t go against your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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